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|Fisk Tire BoyRural Hall, NC||Chip'sEdneyville, NC||TeeKenly, NC||Yogi Bear "Graveyard" [gone]Halifax, NC|
The Fisk Tire Boy once stood on the roof of a Fisk Tire store. He held a giant tire over his right shoulder and a candle in his left hand. The Tire Boy was designed by Norman Rockwell. He first appeared in advertising in 1907, using the slogan "Time to Re-Tire". I believe this statue is from the 1950s. The building, last used as the Green Front Service Station, is now vacant. There are other examples of these statues in Flint, MI and in Detroit, MI. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.
Tee is a former Tastee Freez statue. She is installed on the roof of Donnie's Corvette Specialists. The owners acquired the statue from a local Tastee Freez in 1982 and added this oil drum hat. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.
The Yogi Bear "Graveyard" contained dozens of statues of Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo Bear, Cindy Bear, and Ranger Smith. Since Yogi clutched a chicken drumstick, it's clear that these figures were cast-offs from a Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken restaurant. The chain was based in NC. There were non-Yogi fiberglass animals here as well. These statues were installed sometime in the 1970s at a truck stop on the property. However, around 2003, they were dumped behind a fence at the back of the site and began deteriorating. Around 2008, the truck stop was rebuilt and the abandoned statues were removed. The only known Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken statues still known to exist are in Rocky Mount, NC. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [photo thanks Les Parker]
Morehead City, NC
|King Neptune is installed next to the Olympic Dive Center. This statue was originally at a motel in Atlantic Beach, NC. It's been moved a couple times since then. There was another of these Neptune statues in Raleigh, NC that has been destroyed. Another one in Lake Hopatcong, NJ still exists.|